Why Copyright Laws Hurt Culture

Wired has a Story by Karlin Lillington on American copyright laws, and how crazy they have gotten.

The laws are causing the death of culture and the loss of the world\'s intellectual history. Lawrence Lessig says copyright has grown from providing 14 years of protection a century ago to 70 years beyond the creator\'s death, and has become a tool of large corporations eager to indefinitely prolong their control of a market.

The web isn\'t going to kill libraries, the laws are.

The U\'s Gopher system was the early way around the Net

The Star Tribune has a Look At the history of \"Gopher\" through the eyes of the folks that created it.

\"The user-friendly Gopher made the Internet a neat and orderly place, like a library. Soon other technologies were built to enhance Gopher.\"

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Quirky Yes, Al Qaeda No

James Nimmo passed along This Houston Press story on two agents dispatched to sniff out supposed anti-American activity at the tiny Art Car Museum last week.

Agents said they were following up on complaints they received about anti-American activity at the museum.
After spending about an hour touring and taking notes, the agents helped themselves to free museum literature and said good-bye.
Museum docent Donna Huanca was reportedly \"freaked out\"

Are There Turkeys in Your Library Bureaucracy?

This rather
odd website
is a \"proposal to change the county
library annual performance evaluation management policy
and appraisal of promotability rating procedures\". It includes a
detailed proposal, proposed new evaluation forms, leadership
concepts, bibliographies,
Inside a Librarian\'s Amazing Brain
, and more.
Someone sure must have been annoyed with library
management.

Google, Others Dig Deep -- Maybe Too Deep

From CNET:

Search-engine spiders crawling the Web are increasingly stumbling upon passwords, credit card numbers, classified documents and even computer vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers.

The problem is not new, security analysts say: Ever since search robots began indexing the Web years ago, Web site administrators have found pages not meant for public consumption exposed in search results.

But a new tool built into the Google search engine to find a variety of file types in addition to traditional Web documents is highlighting and in some cases exacerbating the problem. With Google\'s new file-type search tool, a wide array of files formerly overlooked by basic search engine queries are now just a few clicks from the average surfer--or the novice hacker . . .

More with thanks to Metafilter. Here\'s the MeFi thread.

LearningWeek Libraries Live Online

Wednesday November 28th @ 1:00 PM EST, the premier episode of \"LearningWeek Libraries\" takes off.
This is a new monthly interactive webcast
centered on libraries and technology. This program is a spin off of the successful and highly informative LearningWeek Live show which focuses on the news and people of learning and technology.
You may check out the show\'s website and register for free at learningweek.com.

The show will begin an ongoing discussion about virtual reference. The entire webcast lasts 1 hour (commercial free!) and is highly interactive, which means that you can ask questions and offer comments throughout the program.

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Human Embryos Have Been Cloned

Hermit ;-) writes \"Oh, diffusion of knowledge what shall we do with thee... The WashingtonPost takes a swipe at the \"media savvy\", selective dissemination of the research results of the human cloning experiment, ending with a criticism from ethics professor Glen McGee who, according to the article, \"has criticized ACT\'s [the company that did the cloning research] selectively releasing details of its work through the media. \"That\'s not the way to do science, and everyone in science who works on sensitive issues says so,\" McGee said.\" At the same time the WP doesn\'t link into the abstract or the full text pdf of the online journal that published the work. On the other hand, the NBC science correspondent, Robert Bazell, during the \'Meet the Press\' interview Sunday, seemed to take issue that the authors of the study are \"going to publish it in the open literature so that everybody else--anybody else who wanted to do it, could do it [clone].\" The LAtimes also mentions that \"As the company continues to publish its research, these critics say, someone could eventually use it to create a cloned embryo and grow it to term in a surrogate mother.\" ... Sigh. Cloning, obsession du jour. \"

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eBooks From The Inside

Scott Adams has written a very interesting look at eBook publishing. His e-book, \"God\'s Debris,\" is the No. 1 best-selling e-book in the world this year, it sold only 4,500 copies.

He says E-books are impervious to analogy, will never enjoy more than 5 percent of the market for pleasure reading, and the most compelling reason for e-books comes from the publisher\'s point of view.
His Full Story from IHT.com, Read the introduction, or now Buy the hardcover.

10 Reasons Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library

AlaOnline has an Older Story that gives us 10 reasons why the Internet is no substitute for a library.

The Internet Is Ubiquitous but Books Are Portable, and Not Everything Is on the Internet, are just 2.
This article originally appeared in American Libraries, April 2001, p. 76–78.

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The History of ILL

Daniel Chudnov [you may know him from such projects as Dspace and oss4lib] made a presentation at the O\'Reily P2P conference on interlibrary loan.

His Power Point Slides are online.
Stolen from The Rarin Librarian.

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Online Information Literacy Resources

A very extensive list from the librarians at Sweden\'s Skövde University.

Thanks to wood s lot.

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Taliban Took an Ax to Antiquities

Hermit :-( writes \"The LAtimes has an article describing how \"More than 2,750 items in Afghan National Museum were destroyed in [the Taliban] regime\'s war on art, experts say.\" First they came for the music, then the films, then the television... then the ancient artifacts of their heritage... \"A [printed] tourist guide to the National Museum, printed by the Afghan government in 1974, is now [Afghan historian] Mohebzadah\'s pocket guide to all that has been lost. Most of the items listed in its glossy pages are gone, he said.\" A deeply bitter irony is that the Afghan and European efforts to catalog the artifacts, \"those very catalogs--its photographs now littering the museum compound--helped the Taliban search for things to destroy as the regime became more isolated and more extreme.\" \"

A Proposed \"Anti-Thesaurus\" Metadata Tag

Anne Gometz writes \"Nicholas Carroll of Hasting Research Inc. has posted a paper prosposing a new metadata tag. If implemented this could be of great help to librarians, the world\'s most intensive web users (IMHO). See \"The Anti-Thesaurus: A Proposal For Improving Internet Search While Reducing Unnecessary Traffic Loads\" at hastingsresearch.com for details. \"

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The School Librarian -- A Heroine for Today\'s Youth

The Nevada Appeal has a Nice Piece that says for youngsters looking to serve their country, the job of School Librarian just might be the career for them.

\"Some people think the School Librarian is a tame and innocuous creature. But behind the bun, the tweed and the glasses lurks a fiery defender of Children\'s Right to Know. By fostering the inquiring minds of our youth, regardless of race, sex or attention deficit disorder, she symbolizes one of our most cherished freedoms -- the freedom to learn.\"

Asimov inspiration for Bin Laden?

Jeff Beeler writes \"This is the second story published about the connection between The Foundation books by American science fiction author Isaac Asimov and Saudi Osama Bin Laden\'s Al-Qaeda movement.

The first reference was in the online science fiction magazine \"Ansible .\"
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Men read on Mars, women read on Venus

Inspired by that writer who dissed Oprah, today\'s Chicago Tribune has an article which looks at the supposed differences in men\'s and women\'s choice of books. The manager of reader services at a suburban PL is quoted.

Of course, the article was printed in the "WomanNews" section, so there probably weren\'t many men who saw it.

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CIPA Trial Date Rescheduled for March 2002

The trial date for the Children\'s Internet Protection Act has been rescheduled for March 25, 2002. The original date was February 14. The extension was requested by the federal government. The constitutionality of CIPA is being challenged by the ALA, ACLU, and other interested parties. More

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Congressman Issues Warning to Boulder Public Library, et. al.

A U.S. Congressman is issuing a warning to the Boulder Public Library and other publicly funded institutions. Fly the flag, or else. He\'s introducing legislation that would prevent funds from going to any institution or agency that prohibits the display of the American flag. He acknowledges that the bill is likely to fail, but he\'s intent on introducing it anyway. More

Scouts Replace Library Collection Destroyed by Floods

After devastating floods destroyed the collection at the Scarborough Elementary School in Texas, the local Eagle Scouts went into action to replace the library. So far, they\'ve collected over 1,600 books and the donations are still coming in. More

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Magic of Reading Goes Beyond HP

Now that reading has again become interesting to kids, Carol Schubert of the Appleton Classical Charter School is suggesting that children be introduced to other forms of literature, including the classics. She\'s compiled an
age-specific list of recommended titles. “Yes, Harry Potter is wonderful. Now look at what else is out there. They don’t just have to read the books that came out yesterday. Read books that have been around for awhile.\" More To visit the Appleton Classical Charter School\'s List of recommended reading, Click Here.

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